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Congressman Jim Costa

Representing the 16th District of California

Costa Applauds House Passage of Western Water Bill

Jul 16, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC –Today, the Western Water and American Food Security Act of 2015, of which Rep. Costa is an original cosponsor, was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 245-176. Rep. Costa’s amendment to increase accountability for environmental water flows was adopted as part of the final bill.

“Today’s passage of the Western Water and American Food Security Act is an important step towards fixing our broken water system and providing relief to the families of the drought-ravaged San Joaquin Valley and California. This legislation was developed in an inclusive approach that utilizes the most modern science to increase the flexibility of water delivery in the short-term and provide a streamlined process to increase water storage in the long-term, thereby bringing desperately needed water to our Valley.  Additionally, with the adoption of my amendment, this bill creates accountability and transparency to current environmental water releases by requiring data collection and reporting of the measured outcomes. 

“The Western Water and American Food Security Act provides short and long-term solutions to our water crisis, and I look forward to working on a bipartisan basis with my colleagues in the Senate to pass meaningful, comprehensive drought legislation.”